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Absa L'Atelier Awards 2013: Winners

Posted on July 26, 2013.

The 2013 Absa L'Atelier Art Competition took place on 17 July 2013 and saw young talented South African artists tackling various societal and political issues.

Pauline Gutter, Die Huweliksaansoek
Video, old farm telephone, engraved plaque and wood

Pauline Gutter from Bloemfontein took the overall award and main prize for her piece, Die Huweliksaansoek. As part of her prize, Gutter won R125 000 from Absa, a return air ticket to Paris and a six months residency at the CitÚ Internationale des Arts in Paris.

Mongezi Ncaphayi, Migrant Workers' Hostels
Etching and spit bite (23 x 23cm)

Johannesburg's Mongezi Ncaphayi was awarded the Gerard Sekoto Award, sponsored by Alliance Franšaise, for the most promising artist with an annual income less than R60 000 for his work, Migrant Workers' Hostels.

Jaco van Schalkwyk, Beloofde Land? / Promised Land?
Mixed media installation (200 x 200 x 200cm)

This year, for the first time, two Merit Award winners were named, each also receiving a prestigious residency prize. Jaco van Schalkwyk (Johannesburg), awarded for his mixed media installation Beloofde Land?/Promised Land? received a two months' stay at the Sylt Foundation in Germany, and Kathleen Sawyer's (Port Elizabeth), Somata, won her won a one month's stay at the Ampersand Foundation in New York and becomes a Fellow at the Ampersand Foundation.

Kathleen Sawyer, Somata
Artist's books (Variable)

Aside from these four winners, the remaining Top 10 artists recognised for excellence this year included Jan Tshikhuthula for Thiko (Johannesburg); Louis de Villiers for You & Me (Durban); Heidi Fourie for Autosuggest ABC (Pretoria); Vincent Bezuidenhout for Food Court (Cape Town); Franli Meintjies for Tribute to Martha (Pretoria) and Ruan Huisamen for Reveal (Cape Town).

The exhibition of the top 100 works will be on public display at the Absa Gallery from 18 July to 22 August 2013.

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